The ISO 26000:2010 social responsibility guidelines have been finalized and published. It is now possible to add social responsibility “core subjects” from these new guidelines to an ISO 14001:2004 or ISO 9001:2008 program. This would create an integrated sustainability management system. The ISO 26000:2010 guidelines cannot be used alone as a sustainability management system.
CAPACCIO thinks ISO 26000:2010 will facilitate the development of effective sustainability programs since it clearly articulates a wide range of social responsibility issues that sustainable companies need to watch closely; e.g., community involvement, human rights, labor issues, and consumer/customer issues. Incorporating conformance to social issues within a management system will help coordinate those who manage the environmental responsibilities with those that manage the social responsibilities.
A recent survey (found here) found that 86% of employees are not engaged by their employers on sustainability even though the same amount – 86% – said that their organization promotes employee sustainability. It is possible to engage employees more effectively using a management system rather than relying only on training and awareness. A properly implemented management system can make sustainability part of what every employee does every day by including it in the work instructions and every aspect of their involvement with the organization. CAPACCIO is already seeing this make a difference with our clients that are integrating their sustainability efforts directly with their management system efforts. The new ISO 26000:2010 standard will make this effort easier and more effective.
CAPACCIO is preparing a “white paper” on how to use ISO 26000:2010 with your management systems. Please reserve a copy by contacting Bob Pojasek at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling him at 508-970-0033 extension 137.